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Established Tier Affiliate

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Geographical area included: Canada

Leadership Structure: Scientific Director – Dr. Michelle Brazas (OICR)
Program Manager – Nia Hughes (OICR)
+ Education Advisory Committee consisting of:
● Stephanie Butland, Biologist-Bioinformatician, rOpenSci
● Iddo Friedberg, Associate Professor, Iowa State University
● Bjorn Gruning, Lead, Freiburg Galaxy Project
● Francis Ouellette, Retired Scientific Director, Bioinformatics.ca
● Patricia Palagi, Biologist and Computer Scientist, Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics
● Guillaume Bourque, Director of Bioinformatics, McGill Genome Center
● William Hsiao (SFU), Associate Professor, Simon Fraser University
● David Wishart, Professor, University of Alberta
● Representative from Genome Canada
● Representative from CIHR, Institute of Genetics

Goals: Vision – To become a leader in bioinformatics education, networking and outreach

Mission – To accelerate the use of bioinformatics as a tool in health and life sciences through education, networking and outreach

- Provide bioinformatics and computational biology short-format training and resources
- Support community networking through local meetups and conferences in bioinformatics and computational biology
- Establish a strong network of bioinformatics and computational biology experts
- Support bioinformatics and computational biology career opportunities for Canadians
- Represent the interests of bioinformatics and computational biology research in Canada

History – Bioinformatics.ca and the Canadian Bioinformatics Workshops (CBW) were established in 1999 by Francis Ouellette and colleagues to address the need for a skilled computational science workforce in Canada. Since then, Bioinformatics.ca has become an integral component in the national bioinformatics and computational biology community with CBW being recognized as an international leader in bioinformatics skills dissemination. Under a mission to accelerate the use of bioinformatics as a tool in health and life sciences through education, networking and outreach, CBW has trained 5500+ scientists (1999-2023) in basic and advanced bioinformatic topics over 200+ workshops.

Bioinformatics.ca is an active member in the Global Organization of Bioinformatics Learning, Education and Training (GOBLET, mygoblet.org), a network of organizations dedicated to bioinformatics training, as well as the Computational Biology Education (CoBE) COSI at the International Society of Computational Biology (ISCB).

Training Activities – CBW provides virtual and in-person short format training in a variety of advanced bioinformatic, computational biology and data science topics. We largely train Canadian academics, of whom 83% are Canadian and 17% international; our workshop participants are typically 58% from academia, 15% research institutions, 13% hospitals, 10% government and 4% industry.

The current season of CBW workshops is posted on our website and past content including slide decks, datasets and exercises can be accessed on GitHub and workshop recordings on YouTube.

Community Networking Activities – Several Bioinformatics User Groups (BUGs) operate across Canada to bring together trainees, researchers and other professionals with a shared interest in the field of bioinformatics, computational biology and data science. BUGs operate in Toronto (TorBUG), Montreal (MonBUG) and Vancouver (VanBUG). BioNet also operates in Alberta.

Expertise Activities – Bioinformatics.ca maintains an active directory of bioinformatics, computational biology and data science experts across the country to facilitate research collaborations, trainee mentorship and community building.

Career Support Activities – Bioinformatics.ca manages an active bioinformatics Jobs Board, featuring a wide variety of bioinformatics, computational biology and data science positions across Canada and globally. All postings must be eligible for Canadian applicants. The Jobs Board at Bioinformatics.ca posts 100+ jobs per year, reaching 1000+ subscribers and many more through its social media feeds.

Advocacy Activities – Bioinformatics.ca champions bioinformatics and computational biology resources and needs in support of research in Canada. Recent efforts have resulted in a Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Strategic Framework for Canada, and a Training Platform in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and Health Data Science grant submission.

Activities and programs that demonstrate the advancement of bioinformatics and computational biology:
Bioinformatics.ca has helped support several ISCB conferences located in Canada including the upcoming ISMB 2024 in Montreal ,as well as past events including GLBIO 2023 in Montreal, GLBIO 2016 in Toronto, ISMB 2008 in Toronto and ISMB 2002 in Edmonton. In 2016, Bioinformatics.ca hosted the 1st Canadian Computational Biology Conference alongside GLBIO in Toronto.
Training and the Jobs Board through CBW have been operational since 1999, with many trainees and researchers across Canada having graduated through our training and community programs, and finding careers through our Jobs Board.

Last Updated February 06, 2024

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Great Lakes Bioinformatics Consortium (GLBC)
Contributing Tier Affiliate

Contact: Daisuke Kihara; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Lonnie Welch; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Russell Schwartz; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Geographical area included: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Quebec, and Wisconsin

Leadership Structure: Conference Steering Committee:
Bruce Aronow, Children's Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati
Gary Bader, University of Toronto
Robert Blumenthal, University of Toledo
Sarath Chandra Janga, Indiana University Purdue University
Sorin Draghici, Wayne State University
Bruno Gaeta, University of New South Wales (Ex Officio)
Anthony Gitter, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Daisuke Kihara, Purdue University
Dan Knights, University of Minnesota
Jundong Liu, Ohio University
Tijana Milenkovic, University of Notre Dame
Chad Myers, University of Minnesota
John Parkinson, Hospital for Sick Children
Catherine Putonti, Loyola University
Predrag Radivojac, Northeastern University
Sushmita Roy, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Russell Schwartz, Carnegie Mellon University (Co-chair)
Lonnie Welch, Ohio University (Co-chair)

2023 GLBIO Program Chairs:

Aïda Ouangraoua, Université de Sherbrooke
Jeff Xia, McGill University
Shaun Mahony, Pennsylvania State University

Publication Chairs:

Shaun Mahony, Pennsylvania State University

Poster Chairs:

Guenter Tusch, Grand Valley State University

Travel Fellowship Chairs:

Serdar Bozdag, University of North Texas
Layla Oesper, Carleton College

Goals: The Great Lakes Bioinformatics Consortium strives to enhance educational opportunities and research infrastructure throughout the region, to make the Great Lakes a world leader in bioinformatics and to facilitate new discoveries in data-intensive biological research. The Consortium has chosen to center its activities on the Great Lakes Regional Bioinformatics Conference (GLBio), and to accomplish its goals as an affiliate society through that meeting. This includes providing a venue for regional scientists and other interested attendees to meet and share research results, providing a platform for discussion of topics of shared interest through conference activities and special sessions, and providing opportunities for students to present their work at a local scientific meeting and to interact with other scientists and potential future employers.

Brief history: Over the past decade, there have been 3 independent initiatives that have culminated in this proposal to form the Great Lakes Bioinformatics Consortium. Starting in 2002, there was a Michigan-based "Great Lakes Bioinformatics Retreat" that was sponsored and hosted by the Michigan Center for Biological Information (MCBI) a Michigan Life Science Corridor-funded initiative led by Dr. Brian Athey. This program held yearly retreats, from 2002-2006, with keynote speakers, and student oral presentations; the locations were primarily in Michigan. There was a board of directors for a proposed Great Lakes Bioinformatics Consortium that first convened in August 2004 and consisted of representatives from most of the great lakes bioinformatics programs which are outlined in this proposal. The Consortium did not reach critical mass, and may have been too Michigan-centric; however, there remains a strong interest in regional networking and collaboration, and professional engagement.

A second initiative is the Midwest Symposium on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. MSCBB is an ongoing conference series, which held 1-day meetings in Illinois in 2007 and 2008, attracting over 300 attendees. The meetings included keynote speakers, invited talks, and student poster presentations. Merit-based student poster awards were given during the meetings. Registration fees were waived, to encourage the participation of students. Future meetings are planned. The MSCBB Chair is Prof. Ping Ma of University of Illinois, and the conference committee consists of faculty from universities in Indiana, Illinois and Michigan.

A third initiative was created in Ohio. Ohio researchers, educators, and industry leaders collaboratively organized the annual Ohio Collaborative Conferences on Bioinformatics (OCCBio), with its inaugural meeting in June 2006. In August 2007, the OCCBio conference leadership formally united to form the Ohio Bioinformatics Consortium; OBC leveraged the existing statewide research community to enhance Ohio’s role in bioinformatics education and research. In May 2008 the consortium was awarded $9M from the University System of Ohio and 12 academic institutions. The funds provide scholarships for five years to hundreds of graduate and undergraduate students who study bioinformatics in universities across the state of Ohio.

The Great Lakes Bioinformatics Consortium devotes itself primarily to running the GLBio conference, which occurs annually with some exceptions (e.g., when ISMB is held in the Great Lakes region). The meeting serves as an annual meeting for tutorials, and oral and poster presentations of new research. The meeting will also serve as an informal communication and networking forum for the professional development of members (faculty and students). We believe that by bringing together the Great Lakes bioinformatics community on a regular basis, many new initiatives will be born.

GLBIO 2023 took place at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, from May 15 to 18, 2023. A total of 11 full-length paper manuscripts were submitted to be included in the conference program, out of which 6 were selected for long oral presentations and publication in Bioinformatics Advances. Additionally, 3 were chosen for short oral or poster presentations. A total of 88 abstracts were submitted for oral presentations, and 36 were selected for inclusion as short oral presentations in the conference program. Finally, 109 abstracts were submitted for poster presentations, out of which 104 were selected. All submissions for the conference underwent a rigorous peer-review process, involving at least three, and most frequently, four independent reviewers per submission. The reviews were conducted by the 37 Program Committee members. The selected papers and abstracts encompassed a wide range of topics, including sequence analysis, machine learning, population genomics, cancer genomics, gene regulation, single-cell RNA sequencing, phylogenetics and evolution, software, and databases, among others. Additionally, the program featured five keynote talks presented by Anne-Ruxandra Carvunis on "Molecular mechanisms of evolutionary innovation," Abdoulaye Baniré Diallo on "Bioinformatics methods for precision farming," Celia Greenwood on "Modeling covariate and SNP influences on DNA methylation data," Claudia Kleinman on "Cell fate specification and oncogenic vulnerability," and Jérôme Waldispühl on "Leveling Up Citizen Science.

The program also included two special sessions on "Representational Learning in Genome Biology and Medicine" and "Bioinformatics for the people, by the people." Additionally, a virtual special session was included for the Bioinformatics Education Summit held at the same time as GLBIO at the Wellcome Genome Campus in the UK. The conference also featured four workshops covering topics such as "Academic writing," "When and how to build a web-app and software package?," "Reproducibility techniques and version control for best research practices and scientific website publishing," and "Best practice of bioinformatics engineering".

We are now preparing GLBIO2024 to be held on May 13-16 2024 in Pittsburgh, co-hosted by the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.

Activities and programs that demonstrate the advancement of bioinformatics and computational biology:
The Consortium's activities are centered on the GLBio conference. Information on the previous GLBio meetings can be found here:


Last Updated March 11, 2024

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MidSouth Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Society (MCBIOS)
Established Tier Affiliate

Contact: Inimary Toby-Ogundeji
Past-President, MCBIOS
Assistant Professor, Biology
University of Dallas | Constantin College of Liberal Arts
1845 E Northgate Dr | Patrick E. Haggerty Science Bldg #141
Irving, TX 75062 | Ph. 972-721-5109

Geographical area included: Mid-South (United States)

Leadership Structure: Link to current leadership is available on our website at the following link: https://www.mcbios.com/board-of-directors/
Leadership comprise of the following:
Presidential office (president, president-elect, and past president)
Board of Directors
Student Representative

Goals: 20 years ago, MCBIOS was formed. The mission of MCBIOS is to foster networking and collaboration and to promote the professional development of members and supporting our student members.
In its early years, the MCBIOS organization began as a grassroots effort spearheaded by a group of researchers. The first set of annual conferences were organized within the Mid-South regions which had large representation of members in the society. The support by INBRE and FDA in providing funds for the annual conferences has been unwavering over the years. In addition, board members worked together on securing venues and speakers to highlight the growing areas of expertise within the field. The organization is 100% volunteer based and there are no paid staff members. In the recent years, the addition of a part time webmaster was critical to enable website management and a graduate shift to provide the society with a new face lift online. Social media handles were organized for the society and are managed by the student representation along with support from the communications committee.

The purposes of the Society are scientific, educational, literary, charitable, and no other. In furtherance of these purposes, the business and objectives of the Society shall be
(a) to advance the understanding of bioinformatics and computational biology;
(b) to bring together scientists of various backgrounds and disciplines;
(c) to facilitate the collaboration of researchers with similar or complementary backgrounds to solve biological, health, and/or medical problems;
(d) to promote education in bioinformatics and computational biology;
(e) to inform the general public on the results and implications of current research in bioinformatics and computational biology; and
(f) to promote other activities that will contribute to the development of bioinformatics and computational biology.

The Society will especially support, encourage, and mentor our Trainee Members.

The 19th Annual Meeting of MCBIOS was held on the campus of University of Dallas with the theme of "Big Data and Artificial Intelligence for Genomics and Therapeutics" from March 15-17, 2023. The conference was our first 100% in-person meeting since 2019. More than 100 attendees participated with contributors from academic, government and private sectors. Some speakers boasted positions or experience in major companies like McKesson, AstraZeneca and Amazon Web Services. Researchers came from the University of Birmingham, UT Southwestern (UTSW), the University of Pennsylvania, Emory University and the National Center for Toxicological Research, among other institutions. We are anticipating ~100 attendees.

There were scientific sessions on broad topics including: Deep-Learning in Precision Medicine and Drug Safety Evaluation, Immuno-Oncology and Single Cell Multi-omics, Network medicine and Drug Discovery and Emerging tools for “omics” studies. The conference also included special workshop sponsored by Amazon on the AWS Sagemaker. An industry roundtable discussion was widely attended, and consisted of invited speakers from DFW area Biotech companies.

The Young Scientists in Excellence sessions provided monetary awards for trainees competing in the poster and oral young scientist competition at the 2023 conference. The competition was open to all trainees at the undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral level.

In addition, we also provided travel stipends for trainees with financial need in order to travel to present their work. Honorariums were given to keynote speakers and plenary speakers. We also negotiated successfully for a discounted publishing rate for presenting authors who submit their full-length manuscript for publication to the proceedings journal.

We are currently in process of completing all proceedings publications from the 2023 conference.
Our publication committee overseas the review process and provides the editorial paper to accompany the proceedings at the end of the review process for all papers. We also continually conduct monthly board meetings and conference planning meetings.

Our communications committee ensures all updated events information is also provided on each of our social media channels. Our efforts within communication over the past year have centered on building up our presence on social medical platforms (Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram).

Activities and programs that demonstrate the advancement of bioinformatics and computational biology:
The 20th Annual Meeting of MCBIOS will be held in Atlanta, GA on the campus of Emory University with the theme of "Everyone from codes to cells to care, transforming healthcare with AI" from March 22-24, 2024.

Call for technical sessions and workshops has been issued and we anticipate a variety of scientific sessions on broad topics.
Keynote speakers are: Anant Madabhushi (Emory University & Georgia Tech), Greg Gibson (Georgia Tech), Nancy J. Cox (Vanderbilt University Medical Center), and Heng Li (Dana Faber Cancer Institute & Harvard Medical School)

We will be providing monetary awards for trainees competing in the poster and oral young scientist competition at the 2024 conference. We will have trainees at the undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral level compete in these competitions.

In addition, we are also providing travel stipends for trainees with financial need in order to travel to present their work. Honorariums will be given to keynote speakers and plenary speakers. We anticipate negotiating a continued discounted publishing rate for presenting authors who submit their full-length manuscript for publication to the proceedings journal following the conference.

Last Updated March 11, 2024

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Red Mexicana de Bioinformática (Mexican Network of Bioinformatics),  RMB (in Spanish), BioNetMX (in English)
Contributing Tier Affiliate

Contact: Yalbi Itzel Balderas Martínez
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tel: +52 777 2238266.

Geographical area included: Mexico

Leadership Structure: Dr. Irma Martínez-Flores, president
Dr. Yalbi I. Balderas Martínez, secretary
Dr. Gerardo Corzo, treasurer
Dr. Nelly Selem, conferences organization node leader
Dr. Julio Collado, honorific member
MSc. Shirley Alquicira, administration
MSc. Dulce Valdivia, membership node leader
BSc. José Ovando, students node leader
Dr. Mirna Vasquez, BSc. Luis Meza, membership assistant
Dr. Michael Jeziorsky, Dr. Raúl Baptista, Dr. Selene Fernández Valverde, MSc. Alfredo Hernández courses organizer
Dr. Joselyn Chavez, CDSB organizer
MSc. Jair García, social network manager
Dr. Alejandra Medina, Dr. Alfredo Varela, MSc. César Bonavides, Founder member

Goals: The BioNetMX emerged in 2018 as the interests of a group of scientists to unify the different groups doing bioinformatics in the country. The formalization of the network became real in July of that year with the participation of students and junior and senior researchers.

The BioNetMX has as a mission to foster the development and expansion of the bioinformatics culture in Mexico, under ethical principles of collective and organized interaction, and the vision to become a model for collaboration in bioinformatics that can be imitated by other networks in Mexico and Latin America.

Week-long workshops collaboration:
TIBS 2023: Ensamble y anotación de metagenomas May 2-4, 2023 - Dr. Luis Lozano
Taller: Introducción a Rsudio. Encuentro Nacional de Bioinformatica. Aug 7-11, 2023. Dr. Leticia Vega, MSc. Veronica Jimenez
CDSB 2023: Creando paquetes de R bioconductor para análisis transcriptomicos de célula única. Aug 7-11, 2023. Dr. Joselyn
Chávez, Dr. Mirna Vazquez, MSc. Erick Cuevas, Dr. Leonardo Collado, Sr. Alejandra Medina, Dr. Yalbi Balderas
“Bioinformática y aplicaciones prácticas para el análisis de datos biológicos”, May 2-4, 2023

Activities and programs that demonstrate the advancement of bioinformatics and computational biology:
Collaborations (UUSMB, CDSB, NNB-CCG, Rladies México)

Last Updated March 11, 2024

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